On Sept. 30, the Lake Norman area will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lake that lies at the heart of our region. Next week, local historians will present two programs on the area’s history before and since the Catawba River was dammed to create Lake Norman. The Lake Norman Chamber hosts a lunch Thursday, Sept. 12, in Huntersville and the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists offer a Thursday evening program Mooresville.
HISTORIANS AT THE CHAMBER
How many miles of roadway are under Lake Norman? How did the East Monbo Mills get its name? (Do you even know about East Monbo Mills!) What does Porter Wagoner have to do with Lake Norman? Which bridge is under water?
As the region celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lake Norman, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and Visit Lake Norman will host a look back at the history of the lake region, what’s under the lake, and how our communities have grown up around it.
Historian and author Cindy Jacobs and Davidson College archivist Jan Blodgett will present “From Rural Roads to Waterways – A History of the Lake Norman Region” at the lunch on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville (15801 NorthStone Drive) from 11:45am – 1:15pm.
“Quite a few people call the chamber and Visit Lake Norman each week, unaware that Lake Norman is actually a man-made lake,” said Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber. “Recently, researching an article for one of our local media partners, I discovered quite a bit about Lake Norman of which I was simply unaware. I believe our business owners and local citizens will be intrigued to know more about the farms, businesses, and whole communities which were flooded over to make way for the majestic body of water we enjoy today.”
Jacobs was the first editor of Lake Norman Magazine and has written three books for Arcadia Publishing, “Mooresville,” “Around Lake Norman” and “Legendary Locals of Mooresville.” Two additional books are “in the works,” she says: “Then and Now Pictorial History of Mooresville” and “Lake Norman and Images of Modern America: Mooresville and Lake Norman.”
Blodgett is archivist and records management coordinator at Davidson College, where she has worked since 1994. Her training includes a master’s degree in library science, a master’s in History and a Ph.D in American Studies. Blodgett has authored or co-authored three books – one about land promotion in West Texas, one on contemporary religious fiction and “One Town, Many Voices,” a new history of the Town of Davidson that last year’s N.C. history book prize.
The lunch is sponsored by Business Today and Duke Energy. The cost is $16 for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for non-members. More information at LakeNormanChamber.org.
LAKE NORMAN WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONISTS
Blodgett also will present “What Lies Under Lake Norman” at the next free nature program sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St.
The speaker has conducted research through the college on the lake’s formation, collecting a large amount of visual information, as well as memories which she will share with the audience. Anyone with their own information to share is invited to bring it along.
No reservations are required for this program made possible by LNWC, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation whose mission is to protect and enhance wildlife habitats in and around Lake Norman for all to enjoy. Visit www.lakenormanwildlife.org or call Sid Smith, LNWC education chairman, at 704-895-5686 for more information.
Blodgett reports that there are other events planned leading up to Duke Energy’s official Sept. 30 commemoration of the Cowan’s Ford Dam.
She’ll be speaking at the Friends of the Library meeting Sept. 17, at 6:30pm, at Sherrill’s Ford Public Library, where guests are invited to bring photos and stories of life before the lake.
In October, talks are planned at South Iredell Senior Center and the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center.
Dec. 12, 2012, “Lake brought a new era, but what do it’s waters cover.”